First Ghana-assembled Toyota vehicle outdoors August 2020
Tokyo- The Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) plans to outdoor its first vehicle to be assembled in Ghana by August 2020, President and Chief Executive Officer of TTC, Ichiro Kashitani Thursday said.
The announcement was made when President Akufo-Addo witnessed the signing in Tokyo, Japan, of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Ghana and the TTC for the establishment of a Toyota and Suzuki Assembly Plant in Ghana.
Thanking the government of President Akufo-Addo for its help and support towards the realization of this project, Mr. Ichiro Kashitani stated that we consider the project of the assembly plant a marriage. It lasts for life, and it is a long-term project.
The Chief Operations Officer of the company in charge of the Africa division of Toyota Tsusho, Mr. Imai Toshimitsu, who was also at the meeting, noted that the decision to set up in Ghana has been necessitated by the favourable economic climate prevailing in the country.
We are willing to participate in the automotive industry in Ghana. I am very happy that we have reached the consensus and principal agreement to start the Toyota and Suzuki assembly plants.
“We are planning to kick-off the project immediately, and, hopefully, we will have first car made in Ghana this time (August) next year. Thank you very much for your support, he said.
Mr. Imai Toshimitsu stated that details of the work to be undertaken in Ghana, including the volumes and models of the vehicles to be produced, are contained in the MoU.
The products to be assembled in Ghana include the Toyota Hilux pickup, which is already popular in Ghana. Since it will be locally produced, I hope it will be more popular. We are also planning to introduce small passenger cars, with two Suzuki brands, the Toyota CEO explained.
Toshinitsu said the decision to assemble Suzuki vehicles in Ghana followed the acquisition on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, of a 4.9 percent stake in Suzuki by Toyota Tsusho, thus making Toyota a principal shareholder in Suzuki.
So, Suzuki products will be assembled and sold in Ghana. The cars which will be produced in Ghana are our core models for Africa and Ghana customers, he stressed.
President Akufo-Addo stated that the signing of the MoU with Toyota Tsusho was in line with the vision of making Ghana an automotive hub for West Africa and the larger African market.
He noted that with the coming into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Ghana is the base to reach this larger African market.
We are attaching a great deal of importance to the initiative and development. We want to assure you that, whatever it is we can do on the side of the Ghana Government to provide you with the necessary support and assurance that the investment you are going to make in our country will be worth your while, you can count on us to do that.
The TTC, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), and CFAO announced last March of a joint venture arrangement to assemble and distribute vehicles in Ghana.
The SMC’s General Manager for the Middle East and Africa, Koyote Suzuki, during a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, said Mr. Koyote, our next phase of growth will come from Africa, but we need to find the right partner in Africa for manufacturing and distribution after sale of our vehicles.
We came to know from Toyota that the Ghanaian government is planning to roll out a new automotive policy. We heard this from Toyota executives who paid a visit here last month. We are highly interested in participating in this initiative by the Ghanaian government. We wish to start production here, grow it and expand it, he stated.
Source: Ghana News Agency